Football is one of the most diverse sports in the world, with players of all nationalities and religions taking part. Different beliefs will not prevent footballers from achieving the same goals. Down are footballers caught praying after scoring.

5. Mesut Ozil

Ozil is a practicing Muslim. He recites from the Quran before his matches and can be seen celebrating with a prayer. Talking to the Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel, Ozil said, “I always do that before I go out. I pray and my teammates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period.”

4. Sadio Mane

One of the best signings of the 2016/17 season, Sadio Mane is a devout Muslim and a teetotaler. The Senegal man was one of the best players in Europe last season, and Mane credited religion with playing a huge role in his success. He dedicates his goals to Allah with a prayer.

3. Marcelo

Everyone now knows Marcelo has a special room from a prayer or two. Former Real Madrid player and director Jorge Valdano tried to make Marcelo uncomfortable prior to the Champions League final, at the same time referring to the praying habits of the Brazilian:

“Give a photo of Salah to Marcelo, so that he begins to include him in his prayers and be more careful in his corridor.” suggested the Argentine.

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